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Camping World: Feb. 17, 2020 – Dragons’ top pick Ishikawa sidelined

Highly sought-after infielder Takaya Ishikawa, whom the Chunichi Dragons signed after winning his rights in a three-way first-round draft lottery, has been diagnosed with inflammation in the rotator cuff of his left shoulder and held out of practice Chunichi Sports reported.

Ishikawa has been impressive in spring training. Although his feet lack elite quickness, he has soft hands and is looking slightly more fluid in the field than he did as a high school third baseman. He’s also demonstrated a good approach at the plate. The Dragons have been testing him at shortstop, which doesn’t seem like a starting position for him, but he hasn’t embarrassed himself there.

Here’s my scouting report on Ishikawa based on video of him in high school and with Japan’s Under-18 national team at last summer’s World Cup.

He also looks like he spent the winter working on his upper body strength. Last summer, it looked as if most of his strength training had been to build up his legs, but his upper body is filling out quickly. It wouldn’t surprise me if the injury is related to the combination of weight training and too many swings in camp, but who knows.

and Adam Jones

Jones took live BP today against Orix right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and practiced his strikeout call.

Camping world: Feb. 9, 2020

Here are some tidbits from NPB spring training from the Japanese language media on Sunday, Feb. 9.

Jones stands in for fellow new Orix import Higgins

Former San Diego Padres minor leaguer Tyler Higgins threw his third bullpen of the spring at the Orix Buffaloes camp on Sunday, this time with Adam Jones standing in the right-handed batter’s box. According to Sankei Sports, Higgins wanted to Jones’ view of his pitches, saying that as a quality hitter his opinion might be different from others.

Giants manager Hara impressed with Diplan

Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara is keeping his eye on 26-year-old Dominican right-hander Nattino Diplan, who joined the club over the winter on a developmental contract, Sports Nippon Annex reports.

The 1.9-meter, 81-kilogram Diplan, who pitched in Double A last season for the Milwaukee Brewers. After watching him in the bullpen and in a simulated game, Hara said he expected Diplan to touch 160 kph (100 miles per hour). On Sunday, Diplan, who is working out with the Giants two farm clubs, hit 93.8 miles per hour and broke a bat in an intrasquad game. After which Hara said the right-hander is a candidate to join the big club in camp when it moves to Okinawa on Saturday.

According to the story, Diplan was motivated to play in Japan after being impressed by Shohei Ohtani.

Jones bonds with Orix outfielders over steak, picks up tab

New import Adam Jones joined eight other Orix Buffaloes outfielders for dinner at a swanky steak place in Miyazaki on Friday night for talk about baseball and other things, according to a Daily News report, and picked up the tab — in excess of $2,700.

On Sunday, Jones was a hot item as he and teammates conducted a baseball clinic after nearly 300 elementary school kids from Miyazaki Prefecture attended the Buffaloes practice session.